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Hello may I introduce myself

PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:17 pm
by fatjon
Hello everyone.

I'm new to astronomy so I'm hoping to find a little help here. At the moment it's very much a case of all the gear and no idea.
I have:
Celestron 8se scope
HD wedge
Celestron Starsense
ZWO ASI1600 MC cooled CMOS camera
Moonlite focusser

Its all couple up to a computer so I can use it remotely from the comfort of the house with the scope at the bottom of my field so it can see all the horizon, well nearly all. I'm fine with the electronics and computer side of things, it's the looking up and finding things but that is completely new to me. Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to try and make them all play together nicely and take some pictures if the sky over Lincolnshire allows me a glimpse of anything to take pictures of. I'm sure I will be back soon with a LOT of silly questions!

Re: Hello may I introduce myself

PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:50 pm
by carastro
Welcome to the Shed.

We have all been there at some point. Suggest downloading Stellarium which is wonderful and free which will tell you what's up and where.

Generally a GOTO will pick out the brightest star in a particular area, so it's not really hard to identify.

Carole

Re: Hello may I introduce myself

PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:08 pm
by rwillits
Welcome to the shed. Since I started I have learned more about computers then the sky. I sounds like you are ahead of the curve. Good luck.

Re: Hello may I introduce myself

PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:19 pm
by galileo
A warm welcome to the Astronomy Shed forum Jon. You're in the right place yiu started properly with all that great equipment yiu have there.

Re: Hello may I introduce myself

PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:52 am
by thymelord
Hi Jon welcome aboard.

Re: Hello may I introduce myself

PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:41 am
by julianr
Welcome to the shed - good luck on the clear skies and just ask any questions if you need to

Re: Hello may I introduce myself

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:40 pm
by fatjon
Thanks for the welcome everyone. I spent the whole weekend fighting with EQ polar alignment, SkyX and Stellarium. Made progress though and now I think I get it. The scope points in the right direction when I slew to something. Not that I can see much other than clouds.

With all the gubbins hanging off the back of the scope it's a bit out of balance and I can't make vertical without things hitting the base so I ordered a dovetail extension which will hopefully arrive next week. Meanwhile I can look anywhere but up. I was a bit disappointing that the nexstar hand control doesn't seem to work well with the Starsense system so I still have to wander down the field to manually press buttons on the hand control to align. Not well thought out by Mssrs Celestron. Annoying after spending so much time and thought to set up a completely remote system to run from the house over the wire.